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Martin Fills The Void

Martin Fills The Void

Alek Wolfe, Mercury Writer

November 1, 2016


Filed under Features, Profiles

BFA has a boatload of people ready to give their time, dedication, and effort at any instant to make the school a safer and better environment for students and staff. Scott Martin is one of those people. Martin keeps the school safe and clean for all the community to use as the Facilities Manager of ...

Sargent a “Commanding” Presence at BFA

Sargent a “Commanding” Presence at BFA

Ashley LaBelle, Mercury Writer

October 25, 2016


Filed under Features, Profiles

Roy Sargent, a 32 year old originally from New Hampshire, has found a home in the BFA CIP community. The Community Integration Program (CIP), has been lucky enough to have Sargent with them for two short years, and hopefully many more to come. Sargent has always had an interest in history, which...

Lavoie’s Legacy

Meagan Gaetano, Mercury Writer

October 25, 2016


Filed under Features, Profiles

As a Building Trades lab supervisor in the Northwest Technical Center (NWTC), Ross Lavoie “has the ability and the knowledge to be a hands on teacher.” Lavoie has been working at BFA since the start of the 2016 school year. As a student Lavoie attended school at MVU for three years, including...

A “Shot” At Taking Down Cancer

A “Shot” At Taking Down Cancer

Meagan Gaetano, Mercury Writer

October 11, 2016


Filed under Features

Parents do just about everything they can to protect their children's health. Parents should be aware of a strong weapon to help prevent several types of cancer in kids when they get older, it’s called the HPV Vaccine. An HPV Clinic, where the vaccine will be administered, will be held at BFA o...

Share your heart; Share the world!

Share your heart; Share the world!

Alek Wolfe, Writer

September 23, 2016


Filed under Features

Everybody has a poem to tell and write (although it may be a dying art form).   Students from Vergennes, Montpelier, BFA, and students from Lake Champlain Waldorf school are no different. On the afternoon of Sept 15, 2016 students from Bellows Free Academy St. Albans, Montpelier High School,...

Senior Send Off

Senior Send Off

Maya Airoldi, Writer

June 1, 2016


Filed under Features

One of the hardest choices in a young person’s life is what they want to do after they graduate high school. The choice they make will shape the rest of their life. The first thing to think about is the options one has. Generally, there are three options; college, military, or workforce/gap year. But ...

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Lock, Stock & Barrel

June 1, 2016


Filed under Features

Since 1791, the Bill of Rights has been protecting the residents of America from the government. The document was crafted based off what the colonist found to be the most unfair from under the rule of the British. In a gun-toting state like Vermont, this is still very prominent to the culture. Here,...

Non-stop Testing

Non-stop Testing

Gabe Friz-Trillo, Writer

June 1, 2016


Filed under Features

Tests are the epicenter of a student’s life. Whether focusing on the ability of the alphabet to theoretical physics, in the end students just cannot seem to escape from them. However, while they do seem daunting, tests can provide benefits to both students and teachers as they can “capture the stre...

Conspicuous Cuts

Conspicuous Cuts

Robbie Maher, Editor & Marketing Director

June 1, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

As a joint result of Act 46 and the BFA budget, which was approved on Town Meeting day with astonishing numbers, numerous BFA programs, and staff members were cut. In order for BFA to meet the demands of Act 46 and to lower its overall budget below the per-pupil spending threshold by a penny in its...

Spring Swing

Spring Swing

Julia Remillard, Writer

May 9, 2016


Filed under Features

As the snow starts to melt and the sun starts to shine people all around are starting to break out those sandals and shorts. Spring is typically a time when you throw out the old and bring in the new, which means it's time for a style update. With the world of fashion changing almost daily it’s...

Technology Driving Disrespect

Technology Driving Disrespect

Alexis Taft, Writer

May 9, 2016


Filed under Features

“No, you cannot have my phone!”  Most students have heard a student say these words to a teacher in class, or in the halls. The  constant use (and abuse) of cell phones has become so widespread, that the issue is having an effect on learning at BFA. In the “old days,” kids tended t...

Swaying Speakers

Swaying Speakers

Maya Airoldi, Writer

May 9, 2016


Filed under Features

It takes a special kind of person to become a history teacher. It takes a person who knows history like they were there and can actively teach it to a group of people. In elementary school, guest speakers are often brought in to speak to a class about their experiences. As kids get older, they a...

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